Tuesday, November 30, 2010

3 Boys and a Dog

What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails,
And puppy dog tails.
That's what little boys are made of.


Monday, November 29, 2010


One of the old historical buildings at Greenfield, which was at one time William Preston's plantation. Botetourt County.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

General Robert E Lee's Headquarters


A short walk to this spot, nothing there but a bench and a marker. The marker reads:
"On this spot were established the headquarters of the army of Northern Virginia, Gen. Robert E. Lee, C.S.A., commanding, from April 8th to April 11th, 1865."


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

It was hard to see the sky on this foggy morning but the boys played some good football! To see skies from all over the world, visit SKYLEY!


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Appomattox Confederate Cemetery

Appomattox Confederate Cemetery is located in park on Rt.24

This little cemetery contains the graves of 19 soldiers (18 Confederates and 1 Union) who were killed in the last days of fighting at Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House. On May 18, 1866 a Ladies Association was formed to insure proper internment for soldiers who had not had proper burials. The land for this little cemetery was donated by Mr. John Sear, and the land clearing began. Most of the wood for the coffins was donated and men from the town of Appomattox constructed them and dug the graves.

The Ladies Association later developed into the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Appomattox United Daughters of the Confederacy was chartered on August 22, 1895 with 22 members and was the 11th chapter in the nation. The Appomattox United Daughters of the Confederacy has owned and maintain this cemetery since that time. In April (usually on Sunday closest to April 9) of every year a Memorial Service is held at this cemetery to honor these soldiers and all soldiers who have fought for their country and the causes they believe in. The public is always invited!

Listed by grave number - 18 Confederates and 1 Union Soldier

# 1 Captain Miles C. Macon, Dayette Artillery, Virginia

# 2 Sergeant C.F. Demome, Donaldsonville Artillery, Louisiana

# 3 Private A.R. Hicks, Co. D, 26th Virginia Regiment

# 4 Private J.E. Hutchens, Co. A, 5th Alabama Battalion

# 5 Private J.W. Douglas, found near Conner's old house, under a mulberry tree.

# 6 Private J.W. Ashby, 2nd Virginia Cavalry

# 7 Private F.M. Winn, Battery E. 9, Georgia Regiment

# 8 Private J.A. Hogan, Co. E, 26th Georgia Regiment

# 9 Name unknown, found in the woods back of Mrs. E.S. Robertson's.

# 10 Name unknown, found under a large cherry tree, 50 yards from Conner's old house on Oakville Road.

# 11 Name unknown, found near Samuel H. Coleman's.

# 12 Name Unknown, found in Pryor Wright's field.

# 13 Name unknown, found under a large cherry tree, 50 yards from Conner's old house on Oakville Road.

# 14 Name unknown, found in Mr. Jack Sears' field and near Pryor Wright's field.

# 15 Name unknown, from South Carolina, found near Captain Hix's ice pond.

# 16 Name unknown, found near Appomattox Depot near the cabin.

# 17 Name unknown, found near the Appomattox Depot on Main Road.

# 18 Name unknown, found in the woods on Liberty Road near the ford to Willis Inges.

# 19 Union Soldier, Name unknown.

For more information Appomattox Chapter Daughters of the Confederacy

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Richmond - Lynchburg Stage Road

April 8, 1865

"The Battle of Appomattox Station commenced shortly after 4 pm and lasted until dusk with varying intensity, although more fighting continued in the direction of Appomattox Court House until probably 9 pm. The success of Custer’s troopers on the evening of April 8, dispersing and capturing Walker’s artillery and securing the Richmond-Lynchburg Stage Road were vital—the Federals now held the high ground west of Appomattox Court House, squarely across Lee’s line of march. With Lee’s line of retreat blocked, his only options on April 9, 1865, was to attack or surrender. Lee elected to attack. He held a Council of War the night of April 8, and it was determined that an assault would be made to open the road, believing that only Federal cavalry blocked the way. However, during the night parts of three Federal Corps had made a forced march and were close at hand to support the Federal cavalry in the morning."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fincastle Run

Last month Braden and Dalton ran with their school team in the Fincastle Run. They trained very hard after school for the race and finished in 49 and 50th place with the time of 37.27 for both. What an awesome accomplishment! Here they are starting out (both in green shirts). The starting point of the race wasn't easy as it's all uphill and Fincastle is a very hilly town! For more info on the Fincastle Run CLICK HERE!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Apple Orchard Falls

This was a great little hike (about 2 miles) to this point of the 200 foot falls. At this point, there is a nice deck with some benches for resting and viewing the falls. I heard that you can get all the way to the top of the falls but it gets slick and steep. This is where we stopped. The falls are located in Buchanan.

Friday, November 12, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

Wow, I can't believe I haven't blogged in over a month! Life has just gotten so busy lately that I haven't had much extra time! This skywatch entry is from our hike last Sunday to Apple Orchard Falls in Buchanan. Not much left of the fall colors on the trees but I loved the way those few red leaves looked against that awesome blue sky!

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